SABC Draft Report

Parliament's ad hoc committee looking into the SABC board has agreed to finalise its draft report without any recommendations, until those implicated have been given a chance to respond.

Eight MPs voted against the inclusion of preliminary recommendations on Friday, with only two Democratic Alliance MPs voting for inclusion.

African National Congress MP Juli Kilian proposed on Thursday that the committee consider leaving out the recommendations until it had received a response from the SABC, to avoid potential litigation and claims of bias.

​SANEF Welcomes Court Decision on SABC Journos

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has welcomed a Labour Court decision which effectively reinstates four South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists who were dismissed for challenging editorial policy.

SANEF says the court decision affirms media freedom and sends a strong message that censorship has no place in a democracy.

SANEF’s Sam Mkokeli says, “SANEF welcomes the decision of the Labour Court. It's a very important decision and it sends a very strong message that censorship has no place in a democracy.”

Civil Society Criticises the SABC

Civil society groups have joined the list of political parties criticising the South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC) recently by protesting outside its Auckland Park head offices.

Right2Know, Save Our SABC, the Independent Producers’ Organisation, the Democratic Left Front and members of the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (NUMSA) accuse the public broadcaster of favouring the ruling African National Congress (ANC), intimidating its journalists and failing to air quality, local content.

IPO Calls for Intervention at SABC

The Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) has called for an urgent intervention at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) following a damning report by Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.
The IPO appeals to all institutions designed to provide oversight - Parliament, the shareholder in the department of communications, and Independent Communications Authority of South Africa - to exercise their mandate and to intervene urgently.

Mokhobo’s Departure Raises Questions

The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) demand answers about the reason behind the resignation of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) group chief executive officer, Lulama Mokhobo.

The SABC has issued a statement, indicating that the reasons for her departure are ‘personal and confidential’.

SOS coordinator, Sekoetlane Phamodi, states that the broadcaster has been allowed to run in crisis and constant instability for far too long, with a high turnover in executive staff and board members in recent years.

Madonsela to Testify in SABC Crises Inquiry

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will be one of the witnesses called to testify in the inquiry into the crisis at the SABC.

Parliament’s ad hoc committee‚ which has been tasked with holding the inquiry‚ met for the first time on Tuesday to finalise the programme and witness list.

The meeting took place as news emerged that two more SABC board members had resigned‚ leaving the board of the troubled broadcaster with just one member — chairman Mbulaheni Maguvhe.

New Acting COO and Postponement of Parliamentary Briefing of Special Investigations Unit and Skills Audit Findings

SOS notes the SABC Board’s announcement made yesterday that they have released Hlaudi Motsoeneng, from his position as acting Chief Operations Officer and reinstated him in his former role of Group Editor of Provinces. The Coalition further notes that respected veteran Journalist, Mike Siluma, Head of Radio News and Current Affairs, has now taken over as acting Chief Operations Officer.

SOS Concerned by Reports of Further Wasteful Expenditure in the SABC

The SOS Coalition is concerned by media reports in The Star that the South African  Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has taken the decision to convert a number of freelancers at the SABC into full-time staff. The SABC has a policy that clearly stipulates all positions must be advertised and all employees and citizens should be given the opportunity to apply for such positions.

Seeds of Discontent and Financial Ruin

Recent reports of offers to extend contracts for select groups of freelance workers at the SABC have sparked a surge in 'reasonable expectation' amongst excluded groups who believe they are equally entitled to an extension of a similar dispensation.

MWASA has been inundated with calls from various individuals and groupings who believe 'their cause is just' and should be addressed urgently. Some of the individuals had worked for the SABC before and were casualties of various restructuring projects of successive years past.


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